Multan Sultans Team News & Playing 11
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Shahid Afridi replaced the younger Mohammad Irfan last time out to return to the side, while Johnson Charles hit a half-century after replacing Laurie Evans. Chris Green also returned, in place of Andre Russell, but Multan Sultans may make more changes as they look to end their current losing streak.
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Shoaib Malik is Multan Sultans leading run scorer so far, with 168 from his first five innings including two half-centuries. He was their top scorer in each of the first three games, including scoring an unbeaten 31 in the win against Islamabad United.
James Vince hit 84 from 41 balls in the defeat to Lahore Qalandars, meanwhile, and shared a 135-run partnership with Umar Siddiq (53). When Vince fell cheaply, Johnson Charles hit 53 from 34 balls last time out, meanwhile. If all four of those fire, plus with all-rounders Dan Christian and Shahid Afridi next to come in, Multan Sultans have plenty of potential in that top order.
Christian also took 2-22 with the ball last time out, while Junaid Khan moved to eight wickets in four games when he claimed 2-27 against Peshawar Zalmi – following up the form he also showed in the Bangladesh Premier League.
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Multan Sultans have not won since beating Islamabad United in their previous meeting. They have lost three in a row since to leave them with just that one win to their name from five matches.
Shoaib Malik top-scored in each of the first three matches, but half-centuries against Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators could not prevent two defeats. A total of 176/9 was seven runs short against Karachi, while they could not defend 160/9 on their way to an eight-wicket defeat to Quetta.
In between came the win against Islamabad – Malik leading the chase of 126 to win with an unbeaten 31 in a five-wicket win.
James Vince led the way against Lahore Qalandars – he hit 84 from 41 balls and shared a 135-run opening partnership with Umar Siddiq (53) as they posted 200/6 – but the Qalandars sealed a six-wicket win off the final ball.
Last time out, Johnson Charles hit a half-century against Peshawar Zalmi but the Sultans were all out for 145 on their way to a five-wicket defeat.
Multan Sultans Predicted Playing 11
Umar Siddiq, James Vince, Johnson Charles, Shoaib Malik, Andre Russell, Dan Christian, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Ilyas